Google’s password system likely compromised in January cyber-attacks

By on April 20, 2010, 7:29 AM
Reportedly a tightly-lidded topic, more details regarding Google’s security breach last January have emerged. Perhaps the most alarming news is that Google’s password system was likely pilfered.

Google employees use many of the same systems offered to its users, such as Gmail. From what is known about January’s cyber break-in which sparked the company’s move out of China, hackers were able to access the source code to Google’s central password system, “Gaia”. This type of valuable information arms hackers with the capacity to more clearly pick apart Gaia’s weaknesses, possibly leading to future exploitation.

Despite the real danger this information presents, it is important to note that no user passwords were stolen; merely the authentication system which Google uses to tie together its broad range of services. Also, Google executives claimed significant changes had been made as a result of the China-based intrusion. These changes have no doubt further concretized Google’s already well-regarded security.

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JMMD JMMD, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Employees are the #1 threat to security. Even in tech companies people are just not very smart.

Docnoq said:

At least Gmail has a feature which can show you if someone else has accessed your account and from what IP address. That always gives me peace of mind :-)

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